Op-ed; Google The Labour Party Wednesday morning and expect a wave of negative news reports including many opinion pieces like this one.
But of course THEY get full prominence as so many are courtesy of the usual anti Corbyn suspects within the Labour Party and via the well-funded mainstream media.
With a by-election and local elections a few weeks away now is not really the time for a torrent of negative Labour Party news. We have political opposites who are perfectly able to damage the party's reputation without high-fliers linked to and part of the Labour Party leading the charge.
The latest furore centres around former London Mayor and Labour Party veteran Ken Livingstone and comments made last year during what looked to be a carefully crafted set up.
Labour MP John Mann was on hand last year with convenient camera crew to challenge Ken Livingstone over comments made and viewed as anti Semitic.
Tuesday following an NCC ruling on the affair Wes Streeting, Tom Watson, Michael Dugher, John Mann, David Miliband and a few others have opted once again to publicly attack a political party they claim to love.
Watching a Newsnight clip of Wes Streeting saying his piece on their offering Tuesday night I was struck by his well polished appearance and words. There was no passion just well rehearsed words.
Presumably these usual suspects had been rehearsing their next moves ahead of Tuesday's NCC ruling.
Big boy of the Labour Party Deputy Leader Tom Watson according to BBC News Wednesday is 'ashamed' Livingstone still in party. Of course many Labour Party members suspended from the party last year may have similar feelings toward people like Mr Watson.
Watson has also been busy on social media however as this blogger is one of many party members blocked by him online I can only quote, if I wanted to, via resources such as the BBC.
Failed former Labour leadership contender David Miliband has also been quoted as he apparently "grieves for state of Labour Party."
He does this from a distance as he turned tail and quit the U.K. moving over to the U.S.A. following his leadership defeat.
If he cares so much about the party one has to wonder why he did not stick around and actively work to help the party win elections.
Still he could not even help his brother Ed win the general election so why would he help Jeremy Corbyn who is a socialist?
The Labour Party elects ruling bodies and cannot cherry pick decisions it likes. A ruling has been made. That is it end of story.
As supporters of Ken Livingstone and those who would prefer him hung out to dry fill the Internet with news and views they guarantee election losses in May.
The anti Corbyn brigade will somehow make any losses all about him and his supporters but negative news from fat cats within the party will cause untold damage
The NCC has made a ruling and we either respect that decision or give up. The other alternative and one that looks increasingly the only way forward is the party splits.
But hey I am no one just a retired woman who has voted Labour all her life, only joined the party during Ed's time, talked up the party at each and every opportunity, consistently criticised the Tory Party and who wonders why new young things in the PLP feel it is fine to disrespect and bully veteran politicians within their own party.
Is it more to do with who donates the most to the party? Who has bought their way in? He who pays the piper calls the tune and all that.
Good luck to Afzal Khan the excellent Labour Party candidate standing in the Gorton by-election. Good luck to all the excellent Labour Party candidates standing in local elections around the country. We have our work cut out particularly with Article 50 in mind and political opportunism from the Tory party and the Liberal Democrats and now our candidates have public party division thrown in for good measure.
If we fail in the May elections there may be many reasons including KenGate. And if we fail we fail some of the most vulnerable and poorest people of our country.
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Dear Iain McNicol, Labour NEC, Jeremy Corbyn and Compliance Unit,
I note that the word Blairite no longer represents Labour values and is in fact a banned word.
Around 20 years ago Tony Blair and his Blairite New Labour were touted as the best thing since sliced bread.
But times change and BLAIRITE is now a four-letter word in all but letter count.
As a 64-year-old working-class woman I find it odd that since becoming a Labour Party member almost two years ago my vocabulary has been curbed.
I can no longer use the word Blairite, or a few others, during any social media activity. If I do and am reported to you guys I could be suspended or expelled from the party.
Of course my Labour Party vote of 43 plus years would still be welcomed by you all I suppose.
Yet Sunday according to the usual anonymous Times source Tony Blair is considering a return to British politics and one reason is because he thinks Jeremy Corbyn is a "nutter."
Surely that verbal attack is worse than calling a person a blairite, tory-lite, scum or traitor.
Fair enough scum is a bit strong but it has been widely used through Labour Party history during industrial action and beyond.
In namby pampy 2016 political correctness rules the Labour Party but is that only when it suits?
Having emailed the validation team regarding John Ferrett, Alastair Campbell and a few others who have been abusive online no reply is ever received.
Campbell's favourite word on Twitter when he is challenged is to call the person a "twat."
I imagine this open letter and email will again fall on deaf ears and you will not respond.
But here's the thing.
If the next plot is already underway, if Labour split or whatever, the only real losers will be "we the voters."
Perhaps the flood of MEPs set to lose their jobs on the back of BRexit, and MPs who will be shoved out in the cold with Tory boundary changes, are going to fill the necessary posts of a new type of Labour Party.
But whatever is playing out behind the scenes "the Labour Party management" are making us all look like fools.
Democracy in the Labour Party must be restored and that must mean taking veteran party members such as Tony Blair to task for calling Corbyn a nutter.
The Labour Party has its roots in fair play.
Time you acted in a fair manner
Note: If the news story is incorrect please offer an official statement. If not we have to assume it is true.
The Labour Party purge rolls on.
Some people have had their party suspension lifted while others are left frutsrated, angry and hurt out in the cold.
And many are now receiving letters to arrange a telephone interview.
This will perhaps complete the process and result in individuals being reinstated or expelled.
At time of writing some of those already reinstated have been served rough justice with a note staying on file.
Will that allow the Compliance Unit to easily remove these members at a future date fairly or unfairly?
Labour's General Secretary Iain McNicol is overseeing the whole affair. Administrators are sending letters out notifying those concerned just who their Investigating Officer is.
One member who has recieved notification of a upcoming telephone interview has this to say:
Dear Sir or Madam
Thank you for your communication, which sadly for me is a continuation of a farce which has brought a once proud party into such despicable disrepute, both considered by 60% of its members and now the general public who once we're also proud to vote and support Labour. All this brought about by those with hidden agendas against members who pay the bills, and wish to see Jeremy Corbyn as the leader. The leader members have legitinately supported, and by the biggest mandate ever in its long and worthy history.
Please do not take my comments personally, as I appreciate you are doing your job of whatever that may be. I have no axe to grind with you personally, or anyone else who serves the party for what it is, and not in a self serving manner. I have no idea who you are, or by what powers and fantasy rule changes on the fly the previous NEC allegedly gave you, or what lawful authority exists for your role in this pathetic excuse of an investigation. Moreover, a farce instigated by a PLP who forget members give them power, and can also take it away again; as can suspended members who then choose to suspend their lawful voting rights to vote for a political party which puts itself above its membership.
With respect I am coming to my 62nd year on this planet after serving the trades union movement and Labour Party for as long as I can remember.
I have done so with due dilligence, and respect of others whilst in the service of people I cared about in the NHS, both as a registered nurse and a manager.
Furthermore, and for my sins, I was a formidable force to be reckoned with against the sort of top down dictat that I now see within the Labour Party, that I fought so hard to limit and prevent from damaging others.
I did this until I was severely injured in the course of my duties which left me so disabled physically, that it takes me all my time to hobble in a straight line let alone have room in my life for the political games being played by a few self-centred individuals who don't like being criticised or being told the truth.
When I have received all the evidence that has been requested on a number of occasions, and all of the information I am entitled to recieve, that has been ignored thus far, then I would be happy to attend an appeal hearing which has also been requested on a number of occasions.
An appeal hearing which is my right and one I have not so far been advised I am entitled to, or given an opportunity to have.
However, an appeal implies there has been some form of secret trial that I have neither been invited to , or been given the opportunity to contest.
I do not know you, or the person you have appointed to liaise with me and I do hope none of my personal information and alleged nonsense, is being passed to any members or employees without my consent.
Particularly in view as to the manner in which I am accused, and the resulting comedy of errors that has occurred since.
I would remind those who change the rules on the fly that I am not on trial here, and I only wish I was.
At least that way one could ensure that justice would be served, and not the star chamber style (non quasi) legal panel empowered for the convenience of political shenanigans by those who would ignore members wishes.
I have not given permission for information to be given to anyone and neither would I.
The Data Protection Act 1998 was not on statute when I joined the party and therfore I have signed nothing giving my permission that my information could be used or bandied around to whom the party choses.
I have not agreed that it was acceptable to trawl my personal accounts on social media looking for comments that are lawful to make.
Of course the Information Commissioners Office will be notified in due course of my concerns in both areas once this psuedo trial by Blairphile philosophy is concluded. I have the right to express my opinion for what it is worth, whether a few unfortunates in the party like it or not. That is never going to change.
Whilst I have always supported true Labour values, I will never support any entity that would attempt to suppress the rights of free expression and will continue to condem tyranny in all its forms where I see it; a principle that my family and others adhere to, and one the Labour Party appears to have forgotten. My social media accounts are nothing to do with the Labour Party and political satire is lawful in this country at least for the time being.
Therefore, I do not consider there is anything to be investigated. I have been a member of the party for decades and the party has been happy to take my direct debit for decades also.
Another is due on 28th November 2016.
Sadly the party couldn't even get the length of my membership right as the errors that have been disclosed from my Subject Access Request have brought to light. Moreover, I was previously informed that my membership application had been declined even after being member for decades.
So you see Sir / Madam this is somewhat of a conundrum which an "interview" with some unknown would not address adequately enough.
I would like to remind the party that I am not applying for employment in the Labour Party so an interview has no purpose.
In this country our law and quasi legal approach is one of assumed innocence until proven otherwise. However the Labour Party appear to operate under the continental civil law procedures and one of inquisition rather than trial by ones peers. I will not be subject to any such inquisitorial process.
I do not need to justify my membership or alleagiance to anyone, but I do feel the party needs to justify it's actions towards me.
I have been suspended without due diligence, natural justice and due process. Until that occurs, then there is nothing to discuss. There are many people have who have now been reinstated, after months of this farce. I expect to be reinstated also without further delay and receive an aplogiy for being treated so abysmally and with total disrespect.
I am assuming you still want me to vote for Labour as I have done since 1973 because frankly the way the party is disinfranchising members for voting for Jeremy Corbyn, you will need every member and voter you can get.
I will not be accepting a slap on the wrist for doing nothing more than exercising my lawful rights and acting within the law as I have always done.
What is abuse and what is abusive language?
Most people know when they are being abused physically, mentally and or verbally but sometimes it is a grey area.
Occasionally a victim of abuse may be the last person to see it but we have to be careful when and if we step in to help.
But what about interaction via social media and the lines between abuse, banter, sticks and stones and simply sounding off?
The recent Labour Party purge resulted in too many Labour Party members and supporters being suspended.
It was touted as Labour simply getting to grips with abuse, in particular following the murder of MP Jo Cox.
But the timing of the purge, after a despicable plot by some in the PLP who acted abominably, as Jeremy Corbyn fought to remain as Labour Party leader was just too convenient to make it credible.
Most people thought the purge was more about diminishing support for Jeremy Corbyn than addressing abuse real or perceived in the Labour Party.
And it was a case of "there but for the grace of whoever go you or I" when it came to the purge in 2016.
Members young and old, new and long standing were caught in a trap; in some cases people who have paid for the privilege of supporting the Labour Party over many years.
Social media accounts were trawled back over a period of time as those administrating the purge looked for words designated abusive and off limits in late Summer 2016.
Those caught out never stood a chance.
A retrograde decision, on what is acceptable and what is not, removed people unnecessarily and heartlessly in many cases.
And in many cases it was Comrades reporting Comrades to the Compliance Unit.
How many real abusers were caught? My guess is not many as real abusers often play a devious game.
Having written about the purge a few times this latest post relates to a long standing older party member, female, who was suspended in late August. This week she finally received information pertaining to her "offences."
Her social media offending interactions were during a period of time when tempers were frayed.
Some in the PLP, parliamentary Labour party, were antagonising members on social media, in some cases running click bait accounts, but crying foul when they got a response.
Others were not so lucky debating, getting cross, bickering at times and allowing Labour Party snooper's a way in.
In many cases people who were suspended were reported by some person or another.
Following Jeremy Corbyn's election in September 2016 she has lifted the block on some.
But as she said she is under no illusions
Her contact is one of a few online friends who have decided to quit the party rather than fight this nonsense. Of course the Labour Party will want her vote come election time.
Others have accepted a slap on the wrist as their suspensions have in a way been overturned. The reality however for too many is the slap on the wrist is accompanied by a warning with a note staying on file.
That allows the person to be easily removed if they are reported again or if a leadership challenge kicks off again, depending what you believe.
Perhaps a mass exodus from the Labour Party should have been a first option. A walkout.
The Party was in the financial poop until recently and is now in a much healthier financial position.
That is of course as long as members pay into the pot.
Most of us have stuck around to support Jeremy Corbyn but how long we continue to do so is not just up to the party it is up to US.
[Feel free to comment openly but remember Labour's Big Brother machine may be watching!]
It is time to talk about the elephant in the room - Labour Party suspensions. Around 8,000 people according to some.
There may be many reasons some members are still suspended from the Labour Party, stuck in limbo, but a lack of useful, pertinent information to those affected is just one cruel aspect of this sorry state of affairs.
Legal concerns and matters may be part of the problem but we members are just ordinary folk. We are not in it for the money, the power and the glory.
We have our own life stresses and strains. When we opt to commit to a political party we deserve some respect.
People join for many reasons and yes some do so mischievously. But the majority join the party to show support and pay for the privilege.
In some cases they work their socks off trying to get the Labour Party message out and representatives elected. If they then respond angrily on social media using a word that the party machine has suddenly decided is off limits, such as TRAITOR, do they deserve suspension?
When the party has trawled back over time following anonymous complaints regarding party members the affected member is scuppered.
But as previously stated if you feel a person has betrayed you or broken a promise TRAITOR is a very fitting word.
Those MPs who vowed to support Mr Corbyn when he was elected September 12, 2015, but did anything but, fit that category to perfection.
But as #LabourPartyPurge2 drags on tempers are fraying and people are resigning - enough is enough and who can blame them for quitting.
A sensible way forward would be an amnesty of sorts. The abuse timer reset, as after all in many cases it was simply angry debate and not abuse.
That would allow a date to work from. No more trawling back over social media just a clean slate and new era following your re-election in 2016.
Allowing the current situation to drag on is destructive.
It means people listen to Chinese whispers and gossip. That results in more anger and the downward spiral circle continues to whirl out of control. It is not rocket science.
It makes some conclude the party is still split, that a further leadership challenge could follow and it provides the mainstream media with ammunition all making Labour's electability a distant dream.
For the sake of us all we need to hit the restart button.
With so many factions working against each other little wonder people are 'speaking with their feet' and resigning.
Who will respond to this open letter? Will anything change for the better in 2016? Or is the Labour Party just too big for its boots now.
Party suspensions need putting to bed. Time to move on and work toward election success with all hands to the pumps.
The writer is not suspended. But she has Labour values which means she cares about those that are. Do you Mr McNicol?
This is either a so-called tin foil hat post or the shape of things to come and soon.
For me the use of that tin foil hat description regarding what some think are conspiracy theories and paranoia is offensive. We should never forget the plight of those with mental health issues, these days all too often let down by society and the state. But that's another story
So on to the Labour Party conference fix which is either real, perceived or fantasy.
All the evidence over the last month or so has indicated it is real.
Shame the plotters cannot throw that much energy into their paid roles.
Looking at conference coverage Tuesday the fix by the right wing of the Labour Party, those who like to call themselves moderates or centrists but who critics prefer to call red Tories or Tory-lite, is ongoing.
It was hilarious to read a post in the Independent Tuesday posted as "an exclusive" as, if you use social media and read articles and blogs by ordinary people, you will have seen reports of plans to manipulate conference to suit reported over a period of time.
If Corbyn supporters acted in a similar fashion they would be castigated by all including the mainstream media but instead the only "news" is at the eleventh hour and via leaks from those involved.
Of course this is all designed to undermine Jeremy Corbyn's speech Wednesday.
With reports circulating that plotters will be trying to ensure the anti-Corbyn brigade fill the hall or ensure it is not full who knows what will follow.
Deputy Party leader Tom Watson received massive cheers Tuesday but was the love genuine? If you take a look at the image above from the Progress boss it certainly looks like the audience was fixed for Tom.
With reports circulating today that there will be claims the hall is full when it is not and people turned away in order to make it look like Corbyn has little support who knows what is really going.
But one thing is clear.
The Independent was saying nothing new except to readers who do not use social media.
The lack of earlier mainstream media reporting on various Labour Party fixes and ongoing plots and the timing of the "exclusive" highlights how manipulated and out of touch the mainstream media really is.
It also shows that devious plotters within the Labour Party have no intention of respecting Saturday's election result.
And it is not a good look.
The Independent may choose to say "Exclusive: Officials and MPs worked for months behind the scenes to ensure decision-making delegates sent to Liverpool were not from the party’s hard-left" but it omits relevant details including the unfair and unnecessary purge of Corbyn supporters from the party especially those who would have attended conference and supported Jeremy Corbyn.
Yes anyone would think these "geniuses" were Tories.
"Jeremy Corbyn has been outflanked by Labour centrists who worked for months behind the scenes to ensure they could win key conference battles, The Independent can reveal. A group of MPs and key officials oversaw a drive to make certain that decision-making delegates sent to Labour conference in Liverpool were centrist rather than from the party’s hard left. Their efforts proved a success today when the delegates passed a motion to hand seats on the party’s all-important ruling executive to figures likely to oppose an increase in Corbynite influence."
They are of course not "centrists" and people such as this writer is not "hard left" but when has the mainstream media let a few facts stand in its way?
Check back later for an update of what-will-be-will-be.
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